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Wisconsin wins Big Ten title by beating Minnesota

Mar 6, 2015 - 3:09 AM Minneapolis, MN ( - Frank Kaminsky had 25 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals as the sixth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers won the Big Ten Conference regular-season crown outright with a 76-63 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Sam Dekker added 20 points and six rebounds for the Badgers (27-3, 15-2 Big Ten), who have won four in a row against Minnesota. Nigel Hayes tallied 12 points and nine boards.

Nate Mason ended with 15 points for the Golden Gophers (17-13, 6-11), who have lost four of five. Carlos Morris contributed 11 points.

"We just need to keep our heads up," said Mason. "We need to get ready for Sunday and get ready for the Big Ten Tournament. We need to stay positive."

Wisconsin started the game on a 7-0 run and never looked back. Ahead 24-14, the Badgers created some distance with a 12-2 run that Hayes capped with a layup for a 20-point margin.

But the Golden Gophers responded with a 13-2 surge to get within 38-29. It was a 44-34 game at the half.

Minnesota then started the second half on a 6-2 spurt to cut the gap to 46-40. However, Wisconsin scored the next five points to make it a double-digit contest again.

The Golden Gophers never got closer than eight the rest of the way.

"It was nice to have five guys who came to play and five guys who can shoot from the inside or outside," said Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan.

Game Notes

Wisconsin shot 50 percent from the field and went 10-of-20 from beyond the arc ... The Badgers close out the regular season Sunday at Ohio State, while the Golden Gophers play Penn State on Sunday.